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Trail Through Time

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Length


2.0 Miles 3.2 Kilometers


276' 84 m

Ascent

-287' -87 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

1,040' 317 m

High

865' 264 m

Low

Shared By Susan Stevenson

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An amazing karst trail featuring incredible views.

Susan Stevenson

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly Great scrambling for kids.

Overview

What makes this route special is the landscape. From the trail, visitors can see large rock formations called hoodoos, tunnels, arches, cliffs, waterfalls, and lofty views. Expect rocky terrain on this natural, single use trail.

Need to Know

Should you venture off the trail, there are areas where the rocks can be slick from trickling water and the ground can be muddy.

Description

From the parking area, expect a trailhead that veers into the woods then splits. Travelers can go right or left as the trail is a loop and will bring you back to this location.

When following the trail to the left at this split, expect a stretch through woods that opens into large rock formations. Here you'll see the "Keyhole" and "Terrapin," both of which are lovely and amazing areas. Continue on down the stairs and the trail will take you to Pickle Creek and eventually Pickle Springs.

The rolling trail will eventually begin to curve back around to the trailhead. The way is rolling, so you'll experience a bit of elevation change on the way out and on the way back. The grade is quite gentle though.

Along the way, be sure to stop at the bluffs and enjoy the view.

Flora & Fauna

There are amazing ferns and mosses found only in this area left over from the Mississippian Era. Typical pines, and oak will shade your journey. If you should find yourself off trail, look out for cactus as well.

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Nov 24, 2017
Adam Gibbs
Awesome place to hike. I took my 9 year old daughter and we had a blast. Lots of cool rock formation to climb on and take pics on. low difficulty 2mi — 2h 30m
Apr 2, 2017
Dan Kalaf
Cool waterfalls and caves 4mi — 3h 00m
Mar 25, 2017
Chris Turnbaugh
2mi
Sep 6, 2016
Scott Laurent
A great first day of the New year hike. Didn't get lost this time 2mi — 2h 17m
Aug 12, 2016
Augi Larsen
Aug 9, 2016
Lucinda Hastings
Jan 1, 2016
Scott Laurent
A great first day of the New year hike. 2.5mi — 3h 04m

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  4.7 from 7 votes

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